Felix Hernandez took the hit and kept on pitching. Mike Trout delivered an early punch to the stomach of the Mariners’ ace, belting a two-run homer in the first inning.

But the former Cy Young Award winner just kept on firing strikes.

When the Angels tacked on another run in the third inning on a run-scoring double from Albert Pujols on a fly ball that should have been caught, Hernandez just kept racking up strikeouts.

If this had been in 2007 in his first opening-day start, he might have melted down. But the older, wiser version of the King never lost focus.

And in the end, his teammates rewarded him with yet another opening-day victory to add to his brilliant résumé.

Abraham Almonte gave the Mariners the lead for good in the seventh inning with an RBI double, while Justin Smoak belted a three-run homer and Dustin Ackley added a three-run triple in the ninth inning to turn the game into a 10-3 rout over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday at Angels Stadium. It was Seattle’s eighth straight opening-day win.

Hernandez, making his club-record seventh opening-day start, pitched six innings, giving up the three runs on four hits with a walk, a wild pitch and 11 strikeouts. In those seven starts, he is now 5-0 with a 1.52 earned-run average and 52 strikeouts.

“I was just pissed,” he said of the Trout homer. “I mean, opening day, two-run homer? Really Felix? Really? I said, ‘You have to go out there and do something about it.’ After that I felt really comfortable and I was throwing strikes and attacked the strike zone.”

While winning on opening day has become pretty common for Hernandez, it was Lloyd McClendon’s first victory as manager of the Mariners.

“It’s good to get it and get it out of the way,” he said. “I don’t know if there’s much significance to it.”

But there is significance to what Hernandez has meant to the Mariners over the years beyond just opening-day starts.

“Given the history of what Felix has done for this organization and the battles he’s had and the lack of wins, it was really special to see our guys come back and win the ballgame for him,” McClendon said. “I was really happy for Felix.”